Holy Island causeway speed limit reduced due to dangerous drivers

The speed limit on Holy Island causeway was temporarily reduced due to drivers speeding through standing water

The temporary speed limit in place at Holy Island causeway
The temporary speed limit in place at Holy Island causeway

A temporary reduced speed limit was introduced on a North causeway after motorists put themselves and others at risk by speeding through standing water.

Northumberland County Council introduced a 40 mile per hour limit on the Holy Island causeway on Sunday in place of the normal 60 limit, after police and coastguards were alerted to a number of vehicles driving too fast through large amounts of water which had been blown onto the crossing in strong winds.

The drivers have been criticised for their actions while warnings have been issued about the dangers of speeding through standing water.

Holy Island Coastguard was tasked at 12.01pm on Sunday to assist Northumbria Police after strong winds caused a half mile stretch of the causeway to be covered in sea water.

A number of motorists were driving too fast through the water and police and coastguards assisted with traffic management and to advise on the causeway safe crossing times - with many drivers having rang police asking whether these were correct due to the level of water on the crossing.

A temporary limit was imposed by the county council, from 60mph to 40mph, due to motorists driving too fast for the conditions.

Ryan Douglas, Holy Island coastguard station officer, hit out at such drivers.

He added: “A lot of motorists find it quite funny to drive fast through water but that is an extremely dangerous thing to do.”

Simon Bevan, chairman of Holy Island Parish Council, said there had been incidents where cars had rolled over after driving across the causeway too fast, hitting standing water and losing control.

He added: “People who do not own their own cars think it fun to go through at speed and with a bow wave in the water and it always causes problems.

“Most people who respect their cars do not go through very quick. You have got to wash the car again.

“All the islanders are used to it but the people coming on they see 300 yards of straight road, even though they see the water, even though they see people stopped, they still go through at full speed.

“It is a nuisance but there is nothing you can do about it.

“It will never go away because you will never stop people driving into the North Sea. If they bring their brains with them, it is grand.

“The sensible drivers are sensible, the idiots are not. It is just one of those things, you have got to live with it really.”

Mr Douglas issued a plea to drivers using the crossing when there is standing water.

“Just for motorists to take care when on the causeway. It does get covered by water twice a day, sometimes the water can stay on.

“Driving conditions can get hazardous. You can lose control if you are driving too fast.

“It can damage your vehicle so take care when you are on that causeway.”

A council spokeswoman confirmed: “There was a speed restriction put in place on Sunday in co-operation with the police, due to the high winds and the amount of water on the causeway.”

It is not known whether the temporary limit remains in place or how long it will be in force for.


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